Miami-Dade County

Atlanta Braves player and family involved in fiery car crash

Former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez, right, in May 2016.
Former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez, right, in May 2016. AP

Saturday’s fiery crash in west Miami-Dade involving a stolen police cruiser injured the family of an Atlanta Braves player from Miami.

G. Holmes Braddock High graduate and Atlanta utility infielder Sean Rodriguez T-boned the stolen police cruiser when it careened off a Honda Civic and across Southwest 24th Street (Coral Way) around 99th Street. Giselle Rodriguez and the Rodriguezes’ children, ages 2 and 8, were taken to nearby hospitals in serious, but stable condition, according to Miami-Dade police. Rodriguez, 31, and 62-year-old Honda driver Marcus Rodriguez were treated at the scene.

WSVN reported that Giselle Rodriguez was in fair condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center Sunday and both children were in serious but stable condition at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Video shows the moments after an allegedly stolen police cruiser slammed into an SUV carrying Atlanta Braves player Sean Rodriguez and his family in southwest Miami-Dade on Jan. 28, 2017.

The man in the police cruiser, who had stolen an officer's car while she investigated another incident nearby, died at the scene.

Rodriguez signed a two-year deal with Atlanta in November.

"We are aware that Braves player Sean Rodriguez and his family were involved in a very serious car accident Saturday night in Miami,” the Atlanta baseball franchise said in a statement. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the health and well being of Sean's family as they look to recover."

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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